James Corum, an Army Reserve LT while doing grad studies at Oxford, was attached to 4th BN RGJs for training 1978-81. James Corum LTC ret. US ArmyOne of the presenters on Abandoned Engineering, Dr James Corum, always seems to be be wearing an RGJ tie. I know he's ex
USAFUS Army Reserve, but what's the connection to the Black Mafia?
Dear Arch, I was a grad student at Oxford 1978-81 and, while there, I was attached to 4th BN RGJs of the Territorial Army. Had formal attachment to the British Army Territorials to do Reserve training - I was a 1LT in the US Army Reserve- with the British Army. It all counted for the US Army service. In the US Army we get a pension and military medical and other benefits if you do more than 20 years as a Reserve officer (with so many points per year required for training and duty days etc. On the average I did about 50 days a year of uniformed duty as a Reserve officer. In addition, I got a lot of point credit for doing long distance training courses-- and a lot were required to get promoted.). I did 28 years (6 Regular Army, 22 Reserve, with last duty assignment in Baghdad). Retired as LTC. Worked as a civilian academic as well for the USAF AND US Army. I would NEVER wear any regimental or organization tie that I am not properly authorized to wear. As I was formally attached and did a lot of training with the RGJs, I am very proud to wear their tie.Without asking him, I'm guessing that being on good terms with a certain General Sir Nick Carter for some years may be a possible origin of the tie.
Being a smart sort of chap, Jim would've eschewed the need to walk around with one sleeve down, one rolled up and the back of his shirt hanging out while the front's tucked in to complete the full Carter effect (and since he's an academic, people who didn't know him would've assumed he just dressed like that anyway, thus spoiling the covert signage of Black Mafia approval)
Edit - you just know that the answer is going to be a much less exotic 'I bought it in Tie Rack in 1986'
Many moons ago, I bought what I thought was an innocuous striped tie at Austin Reed.Edit - you just know that the answer is going to be a much less exotic 'I bought it in Tie Rack in 1986'
I would NEVER wear any regimental or organization tie that I am not properly authorized to wear
I’ve just arrived in BK, parent unit is the 2 Grens and there’s a mess meeting... then I find out that not wearing a Regimental tie is a bottle of port offence. After much rooting through MFO boxes, I find øA’s old school tie which looks kosher.Many moons ago, I bought what I thought was an innocuous striped tie at Austin Reed.
Wore it up town and met someone at the In and Out.
Should have known. Round turns a very smart old gent who says, “Ah, my old Battery.”
Short, polite conversation about reality and me thinking I should have worn my REME one. No harm done though, and some nice time spent with an engaging individual who was genuinely interested to know if post-army life was going well for me.
Fo' shame.I’ve just arrived in BK, parent unit is the 2 Grens and there’s a mess meeting... then I find out that not wearing a Regimental tie is a bottle of port offence. After much rooting through MFO boxes, I find øA’s old school tie which looks kosher.
After the meeting, the ASM introduces me to the RSM, who scans my tie and appears satisfied, as I’m led away the ASM whispers in my ear “You were never in the 17/21st Lancers Air Squadron...”
Ah, busted as a Cavalry Walt...
You think that's bad?Fo' shame.
A low point for me was turning up somewhere in the REME one and an old college friend saying, "Why are you wearing a Eurodollar tie?"
That's Eurodollar, the old car hire firm - he'd worked a summer there. I had to go look. The blue was a little lighter than navy but it was pretty much there...
If he hadn't have been a big old unit who used to play full-back for Wasps I'd have killed him and hidden the body.
So, what you're saying is that it was timely, relevant, accurate and courteous? Utterly non-ARRSE, in other words.